By Valerie Werkmeister
North Posey Relay for Life (NPRFL) teams are off to a great start as all of its returning teams pre-registered for a new year. There have been several new teams this year namely, the Wassmer family with Kim and Cinda Wassmer as co-captains, New Harmony Healthcare, North Posey Junior High, First Bank – Poseyville branch, Robinson Township Conservation Club, and Hirsch’s family and friends.
This year’s event is scheduled for June 8 and 9 at North Posey Junior/Senior High School track. Opening ceremonies begin at noon and the event will culminate at 6 a.m. Sunday morning. This year’s theme centers around the Olympics with the motto: Relaying for faster cures, higher hopes and stronger dreams.
As a part of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life teams, participants can work together towards a common goal – to find a cure for cancer. More often than most would like to admit, everyone knows someone who has been affected by this disease. Cancer has a goal. It wants to rob its victims of their power, their faith, their strength, their families and ultimately, their lives. It tries to make everyone affected by this disease feel helpless. For many, being a part of a relay team helps take back that power by doing something to fight this, as of yet, incurable disease.
The strength and determination of NPRFL is evident through goals that are continually met. They managed to secure 20 returning teams to pre-register by the February 28, deadline and have also met their overall team count goal with five new teams signing on. Relayers will undoubtedly reach the overall $83,000 goal with ease.
Anyone who is interested in forming a team may still do so. Please visit this website at: www.relayforlife.org/northposeyin to register.
Several teams have upcoming fundraisers scheduled. The Schmitt family will receive proceeds from a portion of sales at Buffalo Wild Wings, west-side location. Tickets must be presented and can be obtained from any relay member or by contacting Deb Schmitt at 874-3482. Gift card purchases also count towards the proceeds. They will also have a similar fundraiser in which Hacienda on First Avenue will donate a portion of its proceeds on March 17. A coupon must be presented. Finally, Red Wagon in Poseyville will donate its proceeds collected between 4 – 9 p.m. on April 16.
Dollar General in Poseyville will hold a bake sale on March 16 and March 30. They will take orders for St. Patrick’s Day and Easter. They will also hold bake sales on April 13, 27 and May 11. They will also sponsor a car show on May 25, at the Wadesville V.F.W.
One of the biggest and most-anticipated fundraisers sponsored by the NPRFL committee is their annual card party slated for Monday, April 8 at Saint Francis Xavier Church Cafeteria in Poseyville. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the menu includes soups, sandwiches, hot dogs, chili dogs and desserts. More details to follow in upcoming issues regarding this event.
Remember to save quarters for the Got a Quarter, Give a Quarter campaign. Quarters are collected and used to line the track during the relay event on June 8-9.
It’s also not too late for sponsors to be included on the back of the relay shirts. The deadline is April 12. Sponsors who donate $250 will enable a team to help register 12 people. A $500 donation will list the sponsor’s name at the bottom of the shirt and a $1,000 donation will include the sponsor’s logo.